Meet Our New Dorm Room Fund HQ Partners!

May 26, 2020
From the Fund

This March, we put out the call  for new partners to join our ever-growing Dorm Room Fund HQ team. The HQ team focuses on supporting our portfolio companies and investment partners, creating content and internal tools, and building the DRF community.

Covering everything from publishing to partnerships, the HQ team is the administrative brain behind our mission to support student founders and aspiring entrepreneurs across the globe. Each HQ team member is a specialist-operator with outstanding expertise in a particular functional area. From content to design and analytics to engineering, the HQ team members ensure that DRF and our portfolio companies have access to top level advice, support, and services.

After a rigorous selection process, countless zoom calls, and virtual “super days,” we are thrilled to welcome the five new members of the HQ team to the Dorm Room Fund family and announce them to the world!

Mahira Dayal

Mahira is a first year student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she is working towards an M.S. in Data Journalism. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Environmental Economics & Policy and Media Studies, and minors in Public Policy and Journalism. At Cal, Mahira spent two years as the student marketing and operations lead for the school's start-up education hub, the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and was a senior staff writer for the Daily Californian.

Before joining DRF, Mahira worked as a news intern for Verizon Media, where she published a feature article about the violence faced by public school teachers in the U.S. for Yahoo. Prior to that, she spent a summer at BuzzFeed getting acquainted with all things social media, audience and analytics. When she isn't delving into the world of new media, you can find Mahira educating herself on sustainability, discovering new restaurants, and carefully curating mood playlists on Spotify.

Kai Furbeck

Kai is a second-year MBA student at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business, studying entrepreneurship and sustainable business. Prior to Stern, Kai spent two years at Sotheby’s as director of content strategy and analytics for the audience development team. He previously founded Apeer, a P2P mobile app connecting prospective graduate students to study buddies, professional tutors, and informational resources.

Kai is a lifelong New Yorker and a graduate of Brown University, where he received a B.A. in history. Outside of work, you can find Kai making music, participating in rec league soccer, and avidly playing any/every board game.

Jeremy Navarro

Jeremy is a rising senior at Middlebury College, where he studies Comparative Literature between the Classics and Arabic. He has a passion for all things entrepreneurship and is a student founder advocate.

Prior to joining Dorm Room Fund, Jeremy founded DormOps, a remote undergraduate marketing agency, where he continues to serve as CEO and Marketing Lead. He also worked as a digital marketing intern at DesignerUp, a venture scout atThe Buzz, and a customer happiness intern at Reedsy.

Outside of startups, Jeremy loves soccer, surfing, singing, and Los Angeles Lakers basketball.

Tanthai Pongstien

Tanthai is a senior at UC Berkeley studying mechanical engineering. He previously founded SafeBox, a company aimed at solving the problem of stolen mail. Tanthai currently runs a design studio helping early-stage startups integrate thoughtful design into their brands and products to meet business goals. He also teaches a class at Berkeley on the business of design.

In his free time, Tanthai loves performing magic, playing guitar, and writing Medium articles.

Kylie To

Kylie is in her fourth-year studying consumer behaviour and psychology at Western University. As a result of her mixed background, she is a multi-disciplinary designer interested in designing technology for social impact and creating opportunities that close the gender gap. Prior to joining Dorm Room Fund, Kylie was a product design intern at Appnovation Technologies.

A passionate advocate of side-projects, Kylie is a founding designer for Neutral, a web extension that makes sustainable consumerism a reality, and a co-producer for her podcast, Trailblaze-Hers. On campus, she serves as the Design Advisor for Western’s Women in Technology Society (WITS). In her free time, Kylie enjoys reading about industrial design, practicing film photography, climbing mountains, and playing Spyfall or Mafia with friends.

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